7-Day Average For Positive COVID Tests Is Decreasing But ICUs Are At Capacity

Jan 14, 2021, 11:28 AM | Updated: 8:45 pm

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The Utah Department of Health reported 2,742 more Utahns have tested positive for COVID-19.

Thursday’s report puts the state’s 7-day average for positive tests at 26%. That number has been slowly decreasing over the past few days.

However, Utah’s intensive care units are operating over capacity. Due to the number of caregivers available, the state’s threshold for quality ICU care is 85% occupancy.

On Thursday, ICU beds were 93.5% full. The ICU beds at the hospitals best equipped to treat COVID-19 patients were 96.7% full.

Health officials also reported another 11 residents have died because of the virus.

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UDOH reports 1,871,616 Utahns have been tested so far, which is 16,231 more than yesterday.

Of those people, a total of 317,559 people have tested positive for COVID-19. That’s an increase of 2,742 cases from Wednesday’s report.

The rolling 7-day average for positive tests is 2,575 per day, and the rolling 7-day average for percent of positive laboratory tests is 26%.

Utah Department of Health


There are currently 559 people hospitalized with confirmed cases of COVID-19, and 194 of those people are in intensive care units. Another 55 patients are currently hospitalized with suspected cases of COVID-19.

Utah’s ICUs are now 93.5% full, and the ICU beds in Utah’s referral centers are 96.7% full.

Referral Centers are the 16 hospitals in Utah with the capability to provide the best care for patients with COVID-19. Because most patients are transferred to these facilities, their utilization is the best reflection of the true hospital capacity in Utah when looking at ICU beds.

Utah Department of Health


An additional 11 Utahns have lost their lives as a direct result of COVID-19, which brings the state’s pandemic death toll to 1,460.

The following individuals’ deaths were reported Thursday:

8 Men:

  • between 45-64, Davis County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  • between 65-84, Kane County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  • between 65-84, Iron County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  • older than 85, Utah County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  • between 65-84, Utah County resident, long-term care facility resident
  • between 65-84, Washington County resident, hospitalized
  • between 65-84, Weber County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  • between 65-84, Weber County resident, hospitalized at time of death

3 Women:

  • between 65-84, Salt Lake County resident, not hospitalized
  • between 65-84, Salt Lake County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  • between 65-84, Washington County resident, hospitalized at time of death


To date, 133,202 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. That’s an increase of 8,318 inoculations since Wednesday.

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7-Day Average For Positive COVID Tests Is Decreasing But ICUs Are At Capacity